Police in Bangor, Maine responded to a noise complaint on the night of Aug. 10, all set to shut down a raucous part and to restore calm in the neighborhood.
Bangor Police Officers Joe Orcutt, Kim Donnell, and Jenna Anzengruber investigated reports of sounds of a wild party happening somewhere out among the restaurants and retail outlets in a commercial district near Stillwater Avenue and Gilman Road.
The officers eventually tracked down the cause of the commotion—a huge party was taking place in a tent set up in a grassy swale.
The officers then located the people responsible for the rowdy gathering—bride and groom Liz and Marcus Preyer.
The Preyers, seeing the police arrive in force, feared that the celebration would be shut down, according to the Bangor Police Facebook page.
Their fears were unfounded. The Preyers had no party permit—but in Bangor, wedding celebrations don’t require a permit.
Rather than asking the guest to tone it down, the officers treated the noise disturbance call as an invitation, and joined the revelers—but not before calling for back-up.
The officers radioed Officer Jim Hassard, who came to record proceedings at the crime scene.
The crime, it seemed, was that the other officers didn’t call him until all the shrimp had been eaten.
Investigating to the Beat
The officers, not wanting to inhibit the guests, decided that the best place to search for clues was on the dance floor.
Officer Orcutt even danced with the bride—later saying that he didn’t really know what he was doing. According to her account, she had to lead most of the time.
The officers were able to manage the situation without having to arrest or interrogate anyone. The harshest thing they did was some bad disco-dancing.
Unfortunately though, not all the officers escaped unscathed. Officer Orcutt reported later that he pulled a hamstring.
A note: Bangor’s Police department has adopted as its motto, “Keep your hands to yourself, leave other people’s things alone, and be kind to one another.”
While they certainly embodied the first two—is it truly kind to make people watch uniformed police officers dance to Sister Sledge or The Village People?